Men's Tennis ACCtion: Friday, April 9

April 10, 2010

Top-Ranked Cavaliers Blank NC State
The top-ranked Virginia men’s tennis team topped ran its win streak to 25 consecutive matches with a 7-0 win over No. 47 NC State Friday afternoon at the Snyder Tennis Center. The Cavaliers (28-1, 8-0) also extended their ACC win streak to 55 consecutive matches and their home winning streak to 70 consecutive matches.

Virginia took the 1-0 lead by taking the doubles point from the Wolfpack (13-10, 1-7 ACC). All three Cavalier teams were down an early break, but Virginia rallied for wins at No. 1 and No. 2. Drew Courtney (Clifton, Va.) and Michael Shabaz (Fairfax, Va.) topped Dominic Hodgson and Freddy Prandecki 9-7 at the top position, while Sanam Singh (Chandigarh, India) and Houston Barrick (Brentwood, Tenn.) downed Jaime Pulgar and Dave Thomson 8-6 at No. 2.

In singles, the Cavaliers swept all six matches, five in straight sets. Highlighting the singles wins were a pair of milestone wins. Singh and Barrick each recorded their 100th career singles win, becoming the sixth and seventh players in school history to accomplish the feat. They join Somdev Devvarman (158 wins), Treat Huey (129), Brian Vahaly (125), Rylan Rizza (123) and Darrin Cohen (100) as members of the 100 singles win club. Barrick, who recorded his 110th career doubles win earlier in day, became the fourth Cavalier with at least 100 wins in both singles and doubles (Devvarman, Huey, and Cohen). Barrick’s win was a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Akash Gujarati at No. 5, while Singh topped Hodgson 6-1, 7-6(4) at No. 2.

No. 19 Tar Heels Notch Another ACC Win over Tigers
The 19th-ranked North Carolina men's tennis team scored another ACC victory Friday afternoon, beating #40 Clemson 5-2.

With the win, the Heels move to 14-4 overall and move into a tie for fourth place in the ACC with a 5-2 record. The Tigers drop to 17-6 and 3-5 in the ACC.

In doubles play, the Heels' No. 2 and No. 3 pairings cruised to easy wins to clinch the point. The 17th-ranked pair of Clay Donato and Stefan Hardy finished the Tigers off at No. 1 with an 8-5 victory.

Hokies down Demon Deacons, 5-2
The No. 23 Virginia Tech men’s tennis squad snapped a two-match ACC losing streak with a 5-2 victory over 18th-ranked Wake Forest on Friday at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center. Tech improved to 12-5 overall and 5-3 in the ACC, while the Demon Deacons fell to 11-7 and 5-3 in league play.

After Tech lost the first singles match, as 38th-ranked Yoann Re (Sr., Verdun, Quebec, Canada) fell to 56th-ranked Steve Forman for Wake at No. 1 singles, 6-2, 6-4, the Hokies reeled off three victories in a row. Corrado Degl’ Incerti Tocci (So., Reggio Emilia, Italy) downed Wake’s 101st-ranked Iain Atkinson 6-1, 6-4, at No. 3 singles, and Luka Somen (Karlovac, Croatia), ranked 61st in the nation, upset the Demon Deacons’ Tripper Carleton, ranked 42nd in the country, 6-2, 6-0, at No. 2 singles. Will Beck (Jr., Potomac, Md.) sealed the match for the Hokies with a 7-6, 6-4 victory over Wake’s Danny Kreyman, in the No. 5 singles match.

Sebastien Jacques (Magog, Quebec, Canada) defeated Zach Leslie, 6-4, 6-4 in the No. 6 singles match to record Tech's final point while Patrick Daciek (So., Severna Park, Md.) fell to Wake’s Jon Wolff in a super-breaker, 5-7, 7-6, 1-0 (10-6) at No. 4 singles.

Hurricanes Win Second-Straight Men's Tennis Match
The No. 50 University of Miami men's tennis team won all three doubles matches and six straight in singles play to knock off Maryland, 6-1, on Friday afternoon. It marked back-to-back ACC wins for the Hurricanes (8-10, 2-6) and their first conference road victory of the season.

Christian Blöcker and David Simon got Miami off to a fast start with the 8-4 win at No. 1 in doubles play to improve to a team-best 15-9. All-American Carl Sundberg and Ignacio Taboada - pairing for the first time in conference competition this season - clinched the doubles point with the 8-4 victory at No. 3. Miami's 57th-ranked tandem of Hector Nieto and Keith Crowley bounced back from an early deficit to complete the doubles sweep, defeating their Terrapin opponents, 8-6, to move to 11-5 this season.

Miami carried that momentum into singles play, winning five consecutive singles matches - including four in straight sets - to earn the 6-1 win over Maryland (13-9, 1-7).